- New: The 2020-2021 FAFSA opened on October 1, 2019. Please report your 2018 tax information and utilize the IRS data retrieval process. All students must file to apply for financial aid for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 terms at The Citadel. Our school code is 003423.
Periodically check your Lesesne Gateway account to review charges and the status of your financial aid.
Information about the SC LIFE Scholarship (SC residents only), including How to Check your SC LIFE GPA is found at the Financial Aid Spotlight on Lesesne Gateway. The state of South Carolina now offers a State Summer Scholarship Program: Eligible LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients, on track for an early graduation (by one semester), may use 1 of their 8 semesters of scholarship eligibilty in the summer as long as they enroll full-time and complete at least 12 attempted summer credit hours. For more information contact the financial aid office.
Annual FAFSA Application Process
Cadets must complete or renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - (FAFSA) each year to qualify for federal programs, state grants, and many Citadel scholarships. The FAFSA application opens each year on October 1st. For the 2020-21 academic year, please file your 2020-21 FAFSA now at fafsa.ed.gov.
Common FAFSA Myths
Filing the FAFSA: Who is my parent?
What is an FSA ID? & Why do I need one?
First-Time Direct Loan Student Borrowers:
Using your FSA ID, sign in at studentloans.gov:
Helpful resources can be found at Links, by searching the web, and by contacting community groups in your geographic region.
If you cannot find what you need online, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships with your questions.